Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend, April 22-24, 2016

wine cheese 2015 webThis is an incredibly popular event, combining the classic tastes of wine and cheese into one delectable weekend. It is a self-guided tour around beautiful Seneca Lake visiting over 30 unique, participating wineries. You start this event by picking up your gift item and tickets at your chosen starting winery and receive your first sampling of wine paired with a sample of a cheese-themed dish the winery has prepared. Regular tickets purchased in advance are $40 per person. 

This weekend event, like all our wine and food pairing events, is a great opportunity for people to experience a vast diversity of food/wine combinations. Wine is rarely consumed alone, and what specific food you eat with a given wine greatly impacts the tastiness of each. So this weekend is a terrific chance for you to sample an incredible variety of combinations and, when you find a wine/food pair that really lights up your palate, you can buy a few bottles of the wine for later, buy the locally made cheese used in that recipe, then prepare the food at home using the recipe book, and introduce your friends and family to that particularly delightful combination. This 2016 event is now sold out.


April 22-24, 2016


Friday, 1-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets are good for 2-1/2 days. Come for one day or the whole event weekend!

Advance Ticket Prices

Click here to purchase tickets. This 2016 event is now sold out. 

$40 per person (wine tasting ticket)
$30 for designated driver tickets (alternative non-alcoholic beverage offered)

Tickets purchased are not refundable, exchangeable or changeable and the winery you chose to start at when purchasing your tickets cannot be altered. Seneca Lake Wine Trail events are never cancelled. Tickets do not include lodging or transportation.

wine cheese 2015 webEach attendee will enjoy a complimentary sample of the dish served by the winery, paired with about 3 different modest samples of wine intended to complement that dish best.  With so many wineries participating in our events, attendees oftentimes visit many wineries in a day, therefore entire flights of wine samples are not served by each winery during the event. Certainly if you're especially enthusiastic about the samples you enjoyed initially, you will be permitted to purchase an entire flight. 

Ticket orders will be securely processed by our partner site Eventbrite. Eventbrite will send you a confirmation email immediately after you've completed the transaction, but physical tickets will not mailed to you.

You must start at your chosen starting winery to get checked in and pick up the actual card stock ticket. Participating wineries will require that you have your actual cardstock ticket before you can begin enjoying this event. Printouts of the ticket purchase confirmation email do not qualify as tickets.

Furthermore, because of this, it is even more important that groups of attendees purchase their tickets on one order, to guarantee that all attendees will have the exact same starting winery. Lastly, bundles of tickets can only be picked up by the person who purchased them. If you have any questions about our e-ticketing system, please call the office during regular business hours at 877-536-2717. 

Sometimes our events sell out, so you should purchase your tickets well in advance of the event itself. For those events that do not sell out, we stop selling tickets in advance by 1:00 p.m. EST the Wednesday before the event weekend.  After that, for events that are not sold out, tickets will be available to purchase at a few designated wineries, with an additional charge of $5 per ticket.

Important group size policies:  Groups of 19 or fewer people can attend the event together without having to make appointments at the wineries.  However groups of 20 and up to 40 people will be accepted only if routed by the Trail office and are limited All large groups must be booked 60 days prior to and event weekend.  Few large groups are permitted and we reserve the right to limit the number of large groups and motor coaches purchasing tickets to our events to four (4).  Please call Glenda Stermer-Simpson toll-free to inquire about large group event details at 877-536-2717.


Click here for a printable recipe book for 2016
Click here for a printable recipe book for 2015

Click here for a printable recipe book for 2014
Click here for a printable recipe book for 2013
Click here for a printable recipe book for 2012

Event Co-Sponsors

This event does not have an event co-sponsor. If your regional chocolate-based company is interested in getting involved in this event, please contact Paul Thomas at 607-535-8080.


Promotion/Discount Codes

promo code 2016 GraphicNew this year, many of our 2016 events have discount codes associated with them. During the checkout process, where you're selecting how many tickets you want to purchase, look for the link "Enter Promotional Code", below where you will select which tickets you will be purchasing, as illustrated with this graphic. Discount codes may not be combined with any other offers. Only valid for online ticket purchases. Discount valid for ticketed events, not Trail Passports. Tickets purchased without a discount code cannot be retroactively discounted later. Restrictions and exclusions may apply. Void where prohibited.



Of course we, the Seneca Lake Wine Trail, believes this is a terrific event... But don't take just our word for it! Below are some testimonials from past attendees of this annual event:

"One of our favorite memories was the cheese and wine tour in 2000 and Mr Wagner of Wagner Vineyard was scooping out a 96' Merlot out of the barrel. Even though it was a young wine it was very good and Mr. Wagner was very enthusiatic. "
- Mary

"My favorite memory was my first visit to Seneca Lake for Spring Wine and Cheese Weekend about 6 yrs ago. I made my first visit Hazlitt's winery and everyone was singing the Red Cat song and doing jello shots. It was so much fun that I have attended every Wine and Cheese weekend since."
- Cheryl


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